Mad Mats (G.A.M.M. / Local Talk - SWE)
El Barrio DJs
Mats Karlsson is a key character in the dance music scene of the last 20 years: his first contact with Black Music came through Hip-Hop as a graffiti artist and break dancer, and later as a DJ (developing a technique that would set him apart throughout the rest of his career). Over time, he started combining his work as a selector (with celebrated compilations with the High Jazz Series and A Fusion Soul Classics Collection), a label manager (several labels have grown up under his tutelage, such as the eclectic Raw Fusion, the underground edit and mash-up centered G.A.M.M. and its subsidiary Basic Fingers, and the prolific house-focused Local Talk), and of course touring the world as a DJ with refined taste and dynamic technique.
El Barrio DJs will warm things up for this session, having been personal friends of Mats’ since the early 2000s, partners on the decks in many occasions, and part of his edits label G.A.M.M. It’s the perfect combination!
El Barrio DJs (berlinClub / GAMM) is a joint project of two Asturian music lovers, Gaspar Antuña and Isaías Sanz. With more than 20 years together, the project has a multitude of facets, all related with music. Throughout the years these two have been producers and remixers (Gamm Records, Concha Buika), responsible for a radio program in the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Madrid (Dial Soul), bookers in some of the most renowned venues in the city (El Junco Jazz Club, Charada, Weekend, GOA, berlinClub, etc.). But above all, they are DJs. Their long-term residencies in El Junco and berlinClub have given them a space to evolve their tastes for long sets and Black Music as common denominators: from Soul to Disco, House to Club Electronic. Their technique and deep knowledge allows them to jump from one style to another without losing coherence.